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Homecoming: Beneficial Student Experience or Social Trap?

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Benefits of Homecoming

Many students had attended the Gull Lake High School Homecoming football game and the Homecoming Dance this past weekend for fun memories, makeout sessions with their date, and to spend time with their friends, creating memories that will last.

Strutting into the high school gymnasium all dolled up in a stunning dress or a sleek sports coat, surrounded by decorations and loud music, one would think of homecoming as just a waste of time and money. However, this is not the case homecoming has proven to be a very useful tool for other, primarily financial, reasons.

The dance serves as a sort of fundraiser for the sophomores, as each ticket that is sold for the game and the dance go towards the prom and graduation budgets for that year’s sophomore class.

What’s left of the money earned from homecoming goes towards that class’ graduation. Without utilizing Homecoming in this way, it would make it even more difficult for the sophomore class to have the best prom and Grad Bash that they can.

Another point to consider remains the business profits from the dance. From stores selling dresses to restaurants serving food, the economic benefits from homecoming night are substantial. With four grades, and multiple students from each grade going out to eat, this makes for a lot more business and money for both local and chain restaurants. However, it’s not just students who get food for that night, the parents and younger siblings of dance-goers may eat out as well.

by Sierra Mason

Is Homecoming Truly Important?

Homecoming has been a tradition not only in Gull Lake, but at just about every high school for a long time. It’s a time in which students can exhibit their school spirit and band together as a community in order to show respect and love towards their hometown.

However, that is now a faint memory of the past as the modern interpretation of Homecoming is nothing more than a glorified popularity contest mixed with the social judgment that any school event brings.

It’s not really that big of a surprise that Homecoming has turned into this over time. The social stigma of popularity regarding dances and school events has been a cliche as far back as 1976 with the film “Carrie.”

Here arises the issue: 41 years have passed since this film was released, and we are still dealing with the same cliches that surfaced then. The popular students get voted king and queen, the student body dances to bad music for a while, and an intoxicated senior gets escorted out of the building.

It’s the same schtick every year and at this point it’s dreadfully boring. Somehow, even with all of this, Homecoming is still somehow considered one of the most important events of the school year.

This is where the social stigma rears its ugly head. Homecoming has gone from a friendly gathering between classmates to basically a requirement, unless one is okay with the social backlash that comes from not showing. Those who decide to disregard the event are usually seen as outcasts, almost to the same extent as those who go stag to Prom.

These students are brushed off as not popular or worthwhile and left to drift away due to their preference of disregarding this social trap. This doesn’t even include the anxieties experienced at the event itself including what to wear, how to dance, what to dance to, who to talk to, etc. The entire event is an unstable culmination of stress and judgement that is just waiting to go off and end in sorrow.

Let’s be honest with ourselves for just a minute here. The event may be a pathetic, obnoxious excuse at social judgement but in the end it’s quite harmless. People have adjusted in the modern age to care less about what people think of them and there has been a large influx of underclassmen and “outcasts” attending these events every year. It’s not really about whether or not the event is harmful to the student body, but more so that the event should not be so popularized or gawked about due to its blatant issues.

Take these words with a grain of salt as it’s just a different outlook into what the event really represents on the inside. Are these complaints legitimate concerns about the event and its treatment towards students, or just the paranoid musings of a student who just felt bad about never enjoying social events? It’s all up to personal interpretation and one can think however they wish. The most important thing in the end is just to enjoy oneself and make the best of it, no matter how bad it really is.

by Tyler Grosser

Tyler Grosser

For the 2017-2018 year, I have assumed the position as Media Editor and Business Coordinator for The Reflection. The majority of articles that I write pertain to the feature and entertainment side of The Reflection, including opinion, point-counterpoint, and review articles. I have been involved with The Reflection since Sophomore year and while I don't plan to pursue journalism as a career, I cherish the experience and memories that the class and paper has granted me.


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